Regions in Laos
Northern Laos (Ban Nalan Trail, Bokeo Nature Reserve, Houay Xai, Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha, Muang Ngoi Neua, Muang Long, Muang Ngeun, Muang Xay, Nong Khiaw, Pakbeng, Vieng Phoukha)
Villages of hilltribes, mountains, and the enchanting old capital.
Central Laos (Plain of Jars, Paksan, Phonsavan, Tha Khaek, Vang Vieng, Vieng Xai, Vientiane)
The sleepiest capital city in Southeast Asia, as well as the surrounding countryside.
Southern Laos (Champasak, Pakse, Savannakhet, Si Phan Don)
The Mekong flatlands, with more mountains and fewer visitors, are the least frequented part of the country.
Cities in Laos
- Vientiane, on the Mekong River’s banks, is still a quiet metropolis.
- Huay Xai — in the north, near the Mekong River and on the Thai border
- Luang Namtha, the northern capital, is well-known for its hiking.
- Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its many temples, colonial-era architecture, and bustling night market.
- Muang Xay is the capital of the multi-ethnic province of Oudomxay, and is also known as Oudomxay.
- Pakbeng is the midway point between Huay Xai and Luang Prabang on the nighttime slow boat.
- Pakse is the starting point for visits to the Wat Phu ruins and the “four thousand islets” (Si Phan Don)
- Savannakhet is located on the Mekong River in the south and is linked to Mukdahan, Thailand, via a bridge.
- Tha Khaek is a popular starting point for visiting Phou Hin Boun National Park, which includes the renowned Konglor Cave.
Other destinations in Laos
- The Ban Nalan Trail is a two-day ecotourism trip in Laos’ northwestern provinces.
- Wat Phu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring Angkor-style Khmer temples, is located in Champasak.
- Nong Khiaw is a stunning karst cliff where you may explore hilltribe communities, kayak, cycle, or just relax.
- Plain of Jars – Iron Age burial sites in Phonsavan; one of the most important places for learning about the “Secret War.”
- The “four thousand islands” of Si Phan Don are tucked inside the Mekong near the Cambodian border.
- Vang Vieng is a backpacker’s paradise for limestone cave exploration and Nam Song river tubing.
- See the caverns where the Pathet Lao commanders conducted their activities in defiance of the West in Vieng Xai, a secluded cultural oasis and symbolic birthplace of Marxism.